Feather Grade Connector
Mohave Connector Trail #202 begins 0.25 mi along Quartz Ridge Trail #8A from the 32nd Street Trailhead. The trail has a lazy layout, there are no vicious grades.
From #8A, #202 ascends 165 ft and roughly 0.2 mi west to a ridge. Then the trail eases over to the next canyon. This scenario plays out once again in a stroll grade fashion. Airplane and city noise is typical like popular nearby peaks. Occasional shade from a Palo Verde is encountered.
Unauthorized use-trails are out of control. Most 4x4 steel posts/signage is strategically placed where junctions are questionable. If you question a junction, look around for signage. Several posts favor the westbound approach. Eastbound needs to look ahead in two areas.
The grand finale is an easy 120 ft climb to Mohave Trail #200. Upper #202 has Southern views of downtown Phoenix and South Mountain kneeling in front of the Sierra Estrella range.
There are two areas with tread issues that will likely never get fixed. Overall it's pretty good. While I typically approach from Mohave Trail #200 on the west end, most access via Quartz Trail #8A and the gated Biltmore neighborhood in the contouring canyons. It's a nice trail early spring when you need a change of pace.
Mohave - Ruth Hamilton Loop is a moderate loop with great changing views.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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